Return serve from penholder

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 9 years ago

Matthias Boos

Matthias Boos Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois,

I have a service return question for you. I have difficulties returning serve of a penholder player. His serve has a lot of sidespin (maybe some also topspin?) and comes middle to long, mostly on my backhand side. It comes fast and low and I'm struggeling to return for several reasons.
It is hard to decide whether to attack or push and I have trouble to read the spin on his serve.
The result is that my push returns are usually getting too high so I get defensive, my topspin returns don't get on table often.
Thanks for your advise!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Matthias,

Perhaps the flick would be the best option.  Sounds like it may be too short to topspin and have too much topspin to push.  Give the flick a try next time and see how it works.

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Irfan Irfan

Irfan Irfan Posted 9 years ago

or maybe try to do some chop on the side of the table but a little bit slower and higher than the net..isn't it??

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